The second-generation version of the Kia Picanto builds on the original’s reputation. New styling, extra space and equipment, and a greater number of standard safety features are among the improvements made to one of the last decade’s most successful and innovative superminis.
The car has certainly not sacrificed everyday usability in an urban or suburban environment. Its modest exterior dimensions (it measures just 3,595mm long and 1,595mm wide) give it a tiny turning circle of only 4.9 metres. This manoeuvrability will prove beneficial time and time again in built-up areas. At the same time, the road presence of the Picanto has been developed with the addition of muscular front wheel arches, sculpted bodywork, and contrasting rear bumper inserts to give it a more purposeful look.
The designers of the new Kia Picanto have succeeded in maintaining the compact dimensions of the first-generation model whilst improving both space and comfort. Headroom has been increased to 1,002mm in the front and 962mm in the back, with front/rear legroom also growing to 1,070mm/820mm. The 60:40 split folding second row seats, meanwhile, add substantially to the maximum storage space, which can be as much as 605 litres.
Active safety features including ABS, Hill Start Assist, Electronic Stability Control, and Vehicle Stability Management are available, complementing the six airbags that are standard on each model.